MBP doesn't seem as snappy anymore :(

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by oneill.bt, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. oneill.bt macrumors newbie

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    I am running 10.4.9 on my MBP C2D 2.33 GHz with 2 GB RAM. I don't know what happened, but within the last few days it has become a litte more sluggish than usual.

    I notice it particularly in using command-tab to switch apps. It takes a little longer than I'm used to in bringing up the app once I've chosen it rrom the command-tab UI.

    I've repaired disk permissions, restarted many times, but nothing is fixing this problem.

    Anyone have a solution?
     
  2. netdog macrumors 603

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    How much free disk space do you have and what % of your disk is it?
     
  3. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    also, check your startup items. Go to system preferences->accounts. How many are on there that you use? If there are too many, take some off. They slow down startup time and consume ram.

    You can also check activity monitor to check to see which applications are consuming the most resources. Make sure your ram isn't getting eaten all up, or your cpu cycles, by a hungry program.

    Cheers :)
     
  4. oneill.bt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My drive is 160GB.

    I have a 10GB partitition for windows.

    On my OSX partition I have about 26GB free (112GB used).
     
  5. netdog macrumors 603

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    Drive space shouldn't be the problem.
     
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    1. "Repairing disk permissions" won't help. It is pure voodoo.
    2. Restarting could help at most once.

    Start "Activity Monitor" and have a look what is going on. Anything using lots of CPU time that you didn't expect? With 2 GB RAM you should have some "inactive" RAM, and probably some "free" RAM. If you have inactive RAM, memory is most likely not the problem. If you have free RAM, memory is definitely not the problem.

    Check whether your network connection is ok. And your harddisk should have a good amount of free space.
     
  7. drewyboy macrumors 65816

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    could it be...

    that your just getting use to how fast your laptop is? i think it could purely be psycological.
     
  8. zblaxberg Guest

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    I'm afraid to get a MBP now...i've been saving up for a year but I need to rely on it for college...:(
     
  9. dailo macrumors regular

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    I have been using my MBP for college as an Computer Engineering student and I also use it for my internship and it's more than plenty powerful. I used parallels to run Linux/FreeBSD for my OS classes and I was able to compile FreeBSD kernel in 15-20 minutes under parallels which was faster than my 2.8 P4 DC Desktop.

    If you are only using it for word processing and internet, then it is probably more powerful than you'll even need to get through college. Only thing is you have to make sure to be careful as laptop theft is a big problem in college.

     
  10. daveL macrumors 68020

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    I hope you were joking, right?

    To the OP: Any PPC apps running under Rosetta?
     
  11. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    Classic post! Why are you afraid, because a single person on a message board said their MBP was a little bit sluggish? Please elucidate upon your concern.
     
  12. oneill.bt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No PPC apps running. Not much CPU bing used (no more than ever before; I always have iStat Pro widget to check up on what's going on). No more memory being used than usual, either.

    To respond to another post, just yesterday I removed a couple startup items. I don't think this is the problem.
     
  13. oneill.bt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    To respond to the poster who said they're worried about getting a MBP because of this, DON'T BE!!

    Regardless of this problem, I would never ever get any other kind of laptop. Don't be afraid. It will still be a million times better than any windows-based hunk of junk.
     
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    The OP really hasn't provided enough information to diagnose this problem. What are the symptoms? Frequent beach-balls? Lots of Dock bounces when launching an application?
     
  15. Collin973 macrumors 6502

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    No need to be afraid! I save up for about a year to purchase my mbp for college and I'm soooo glad I did. I'm a Business Administration Management with a minor in Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management and I take my mbp to class everyday. I use Mac Office 2004 and other programs and this laptop is definitely snappy! It boots rapidly, runs smoothly, and just works. I use my laptop everyday for many things and I wouldn't want a different one.

    And a little piece of advice: One post - don't give it much concern. Lots of posts - look in to it, but remember people that have a problem complain. Those that don't tend to be silent.
     
  16. lovemymac4sure macrumors newbie

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    Don't worry about it....I'm a law student and have been using a macbook and will be upgrading to a MBP in about three months...you will absolutely love it!!!
     
  17. coledog macrumors 6502a

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    Upgrading from a MB to a MBP was one of the smartest moves I ever made.
    I absolutely LOVE the 15in screen!! The lighted keyboard is probably the 2nd best feature:)

    I must say though, my old Macbook can beat my Pro in startup time.
    (My mom has it now) It seemed kind of odd to me that a Core Duo would beat a Core 2 Duo in that type of performance.
     
  18. zblaxberg Guest

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    well i'm starting to see more and more problems with the macbook pros...i figured it would be fine eventually..the newer ones would have the heat issues but it would get fixed and all that but more problems are popping up with the more recent mbp's rather the the first and second week ones
     
  19. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

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    the machine reads the RAM when it's starting, maybe the MBook has less RAM than the MBPro? and maybe the MBPro has more startup items, they make the startup much longer :D
     
  20. crees! macrumors 68000

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    Ditto. Someone you don't know in another state gets into a car wreck and because of that you decide not get in any car. Ah, to live in fear. It must be great.
     
  21. kolax macrumors G3

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    Try defragging your disc. iDefrag is quite good.

    Fair enough the Mac will defrag itself overtime, but a full system defrag will organise your data and allow it to accessed faster.
     
  22. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Some people have seen slowdowns and some people haven't. Almost all reports of these kind are on Intel Macs so I'd suppose it is either because of the architecture (less likely) or a non Intel optimized OS (more likely). Either way I guess we will find out when Leopard ships.

    That said, I love my MBP and wouldn't want a MB for anything.
     
  23. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Only if you often work with files that are larger than 20MB. If not OS X will defrag on its own.
     
  24. kolax macrumors G3

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    I've heard various things saying that the Mac defrag isn't that good..
     
  25. oneill.bt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually I do work with files bigger than 20MB all the time. My iTunes is comprised of many lossless audio files. Maybe defrag will do the trick....

    Any freeware that does defragmentation?
     

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